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Who can borrow, and what can you borrow? On this page you will find information on what applies to you based on whether you are a student, member of staff or a member of the public. You will also find an FAQ on borrowing.

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About the loan regulations

Everyone can get a library card, as long as you have a valid identification and are at least 16 years old.

You have to agree to abide by the loan regulations, in order to borrow from the library. If you have borrowed a book, you are then responsible for the book. If one of your books is overdue, or if you don't return it at all, you may get an overdue fine and eventually an invoice. Read more here about overdue fines and invoices.

These are the complete loan rules and conditions of use. They apply to all library card holders at Södertörn University Library.

Last updated August 2018
Dnr. 2874-1.8.2-2018

1. THE LIBRARY CARD

1.1 Students and staff at Södertörn University (SH) become library card holders when they receive their SH-card. Students and staff at The Swedish Red Cross University College (RKH) and other visitors can obtain a library card by showing valid photo-identification, such as passport or driver’s license (minimum age: 16 years).
1.2 Library card holders automatically agree to follow the loan regulations and conditions of use.
1.3 When you apply for a library card your name, personal number, postal address, email address and telephone number will be saved in the library’s register. The library deals with your personal data according to the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR).
1.4 Library card holders are personally responsible for informing the library of any changes to their contact information. The library primarily uses email to contact library card holders. For students and staff, university email addresses will be used unless we are informed otherwise.
1.5 Your library card is personal and may not be used by anyone else.
1.6 The library card is valid for the current semester for students and one year for the general public. For SH and RKH staff, cards are valid for three years.
1.7 Your library card is a valuable item; loss or theft of your library card should be reported to the library immediately. It will then be blocked to prevent any unauthorised use.
1.8 Details regarding library users’ loans, orders and reservations are considered private in accordance with chapter 9, paragraph 22 of the data protection act (9 kap 22 § sekretesslagen – SFS 1980:100, SFS 1989:713).

2. LOANS AND LOAN PERIODS

2.1 Library card holders are personally responsible for making a note of loan periods as well as returning or renewing loans of materials on time. This is also the case irrespective of travel or sickness.
2.2 Library card holders are personally responsible for all of their loans until they have been returned in the library system.
2.3 There are certain restrictions regarding loans related to courses at SH and RKH.
2.4 Journals are not available for loan.
2.5 The standard loan period for printed material is 21 days. Staff at SH and RKH can borrow materials for 6 months, but materials must be returned within 21 days if they are reserved by another library card holder.
2.6 The loan period for course literature is 7 days.
2.7 Day-loan books must be returned on the same day as they are borrowed.
2.8 For certain materials, such as films, computer games etc. other loan periods may apply.

3. INTERLIBRARY LOANS

3.1 Research and study materials which are not available in the library catalogue can be ordered as an interlibrary loan on behalf of the library card holder. However, materials available from another library within the Stockholm region can only be ordered on behalf of staff at SH and RKH.
3.2 Interlibrary loans from libraries within the Nordic Region are free of charge. Charges apply for interlibrary loans from outside of the Nordic Region as well as requests for articles on behalf of students and the general public. For a list of the charges see the library website.
3.3 Loan periods and other regulations connected to interlibrary loans are decided by the library which is lending the materials.

4. FINES FOR OVERDUE MATERIAL

4.1 Fines for the late return of materials are in accordance with rates shown on the library website. Fines are to be paid online or in the library using a bank card.
4.2 The library does not assume responsibility for non-receipt of reminders and demands for late materials but offers it as a courtesy service via email.
4.3 Library card holders whose unpaid fines reach or exceed 100 SEK will be prevented from making further loans, reservations and renewals. This block is lifted when the fines have been paid in full.

5. INVOICING

5.1 Invoices are sent out for materials that have not been returned or renewed following a final demand. Invoices are also sent out for lost or damaged materials.
5.2 An invoice will be sent to the postal address that is registered with the library.
5.3 An invoice includes the replacement cost for the borrowed materials as well as an administration fee in accordance with specified rates. If the borrowed materials are returned after the invoice has been sent, the administration fee must still be paid. Unpaid invoices may be sent to debt collectors.
5.4 Library card holders with unpaid invoices are blocked from making further loans, reservations and renewals. This block is lifted when the invoice has been paid and registered with the library.

6. USING E-RESOURCES

6.1 The e-resources that the library subscribes to (databases, e-books and full text e-journals) can be accessed from within the university’s network. To access these resources from outside of the university network you must either be a student or a member of staff at SH or RKH. Some of the e-resources that the library subscribes to are limited to students and members of staff at SH and others are limited to students and members of staff at RKH. Everyone else can use the e-resources on the library premises.
6.2 Library users must respect licensing agreements. The printing and downloading of the SH library's subscribed e-resources has certain restrictions and is for personal (non-commercial) use in your studies and research.

What about me?

Everyone can borrow, but what you are entitled to borrow depends on if you are a student or member of staff, and in that case, which university you belong to. On this page you can read more about what applies to you. If you are curious to learn more about the different resources and collections in the library, you can read more on the page Library collections.

As an SH-student, you can borrow all the printed books in the library: course books, 3 week loans, day loans and reference books. You can access all the databases and e-books suscribed to by Södertörn University, both on and off campus. In the database listexternal link you can see which ones are marked by the SH logotype. You may also borrow a laptop for the day. You do not have to apply for a library card. Just use your SH card.

As an RKH-student, you can borrow all the printed books in the library: course books, 3 week loans, day loans and reference books. You can access all the databases and e-books suscribed to by The Swedish Red Cross University College, both on and off campus. In the database listexternal link you can see which ones are marked by the RKH logotype. You may also borrow a laptop for the day. Come to the information desk in the library and present your ID to apply for a library card.

As a student at SMI, KI or KTH you can borrow all the printed books in the library: course books, 3 week loans, day loans and reference books. You can access some databases by visiting the library and ask for a guest account, but you can't access databases outside the library. Come to the information desk in the library and present your ID to apply for a library card.

You can borrow all the printed books in the library: course books, 3 week loans, day loans and reference books. The loan period on the 3 week loans is 6 months for staff members, unless someone is requesting the book. In that case your loan period will be reduced to 3 weeks from the date the book is requested. For all other books the loan period is the same as for the other borrowers. You can access all the databases and e-books suscribed to by your university, both on and off campus. In the database listexternal link you can see which ones are marked by the logotype of your university. If you are a member of staff at Södertörn University, you don't have to apply for a library card. Just use your SH card. If you are a member of staff at RKH, come to the information desk in the library and present your ID to apply for a library card.

You can borrow all the printed books in the library: course books, 3 week loans, day loans and reference books. The loan period on the 3 week loans is 6 months for staff members, unless someone is requesting the book. In that case your loan period will be reduced to 3 weeks from the date the book is requested. For all other books the loan period is the same as for the other borrowers. You can access some databases by visiting the library and ask for a guest account, but you can't access databases outside the library. Come to the information desk in the library and present your ID and your key card to apply for a library card.

You can borrow all the printed books in the library: course books, 3 week loans, day loans and reference books. You can access some databases by visiting the library and ask for a guest account, but you can't access databases outside the library. Come to the information desk in the library and present your ID and your key card to apply for a library card.

If you are not a student or member of staff at either SH, RKH, SMI, KI or KTH you may borrow 3 week loans, day loans and reference books, but not course books. You can access some databases by visiting the library and ask for a guest account, but you can't access databases outside the library. Come to the information desk in the library and present your ID to apply for a library card.

Loan periods

Loan periods for different material

Type of material

loan period

ok to Renew?

ok to request?

Course book (yellow label)

7 days

Yes, if no one has requested it

Yes, if all copies are on loan

3 week loans (green label)

21 days

Yes, if no one has requested it

Yes

Day loan (black label)

1 day, must be returned before closing time on the same day

No

No

Reference book (red label)

1 day, must be returned before closing time on the same day

No

No

Laptop

1 day, must be returned before closing time on the same day

No

No

Laptop with support programmes

14 days, only students with reading impairment

No

No

Games

7 days, only students at the gaming program

Yes

No


FAQ on borrowing

Borrowing books

Information on how to borrow a book at the library.

Returning books

All books you borrow must be returned. Here's how.

Renewing loans

You can renew a loan if no-one has requested it. On this page you will learn how.

Requesting books

All library card holders can request books at the library. Here's how.

Find a book

Finding your way around the library can be tricky, especially if you are new. Here are some useful tips, but remember that you can always get help in the information desk.

If the library doesn't have the book you need

If you are looking for a book that is not in the library collection you can then request the book from another library or suggest a purchase.

Returning books late

What happens if you return a book late?

Talking books, Braille and e-text books

You are entitled to talking books or other accessible media if you have a reading impairment.

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16-05-2019